key: what did you say you were doing?
minho: thinking about you
*tapdances* Duke, do you have any advice about using "X said" and "Y says"? I know that using it too much is supposed to be bad, but putting a lot of alternatives instead starts to get gimmicky and irritating. As a reader, I only tend to notice it if the scene is basically dialogue with just "stuff," said character X. "more stuff," said character Y, and only when it's realy dull dialogue. Should I just put more sentences in between the bits of dialogue, or is there a more elegant option?